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PLC wins 2012 Portugal Pro

PLC wins 2012 Portugal Pro

Praia Grande, Sintra, Saturday 1st September 2012 – Pierre-Louis Costes (FRA) has taken out the IBA 2012 Sintra Portugal Pro, defeating South Africa’s Jared Houston in a nail-biting final. The Frenchman opened up his account with a 6.63 out of a possible 10 points for a backflip on his first wave and backed it up with a 6.18 to fend off the South African. Although Houston was slow to start, he managed to lock in a 7.00 point ride, the highest wave score of the final, committing to a lofty backflip on a set wave, but was unable to post anything higher than a 5.55 for the remainder of the final, 0.26 short of the required score. This result will catapult Costes up the rankings, putting him into contention for a second world title.

Mark McCarthy took control of the barrel at Sintra for equal third and put himself in the running for the world title

“I am so happy with this win”, especially because I was contemplating whether or not to compete at this event.” Costes added, “before today I was not really thinking of a world title, now I will have to focus on Mexico and see if It is possible.”

Being the two “Young Guns” on tour, Costes and Houston have had some memorable match-ups at places like Puerto Escondido and Fronton. Today was the first time they faced off in a final.

“Finally I met him in the final and it brought out the best in me”, Costes commented. “We have had a few man-on-man heats together in the past and it always seems to push our surfing to its best. I want to congratulate him, he is hard to beat.

Today’s second place finish for Jared Houston has solidified the young South African’s reputation on the GSS tour. Well known for his big wave antics, Houston held his nerve today and showed that he can perform on any platform.

Houston elated, “I am very happy with a 2nd place finish, but disappointed to have lost. I was pretty nervous going up against Pierre in the final, just because we have a history, but it was a very hard fought heat.”

Mens Final

In joint 3rd, Mark McCarthy (ZAF) and Alex Uranga (ESK) had stellar performances throughout the event, but fell short to the eventual winner Pierre-Louis and Jared respectively. Uranga seems to have earned himself a reputation as a “Giant Killer”, taking down current rankings leader Dave Winchester (AUS) and Guilherme Tamega 6x world champion on his way to the semifinal. McCarthy had a long road to the semifinal, surfing a total of eight heats, more than any other competitor, as he was relegated to fight his way through the repochage rounds and defeated an in form Jeff Hubbard (HAW) in the quarterfinal before eventually loosing steam in the semifinal.

The next Mens GSS event will be held at Puerto Escondido/Zicatela from September 27 to October 6.

Below the new top 10 rankings, for the full rankings visit:

Current GSS Top 10 after Portugal

Today’s Mens results. the full Ladies and Mens draw is available at

Mens final day results